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Scottish FA issue notice of complaints to management duo

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The Scottish FA have issued notice of complaints to managerial duo Robbie Neilson of Hearts and John Hughes of Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Both allegedly breached Disciplinary Rule 72 by criticising officials in post match interviews on the 29th August and have until the 22nd September to respond to the charges, with a principal hearing set for Thursday 1st October.

Neilson faces a charge after criticising referee Willie Collum after sending off Callum Paterson in the 3-2 defeat to Hamilton at New Douglas Park – a decision that was later rescinded on appeal.

The Hearts head coach, in the aftermath of the game, said: “We actually practised going down to 10 men because of the environment we’re coming to and the officials who are taking the game and we have to do that.

“In the recent past, the statistics involving the officials have shown a lot of red cards against us, so we have to prepare for it. The next time we get these officials, we will again train with 10 men.”

Likewise John Hughes criticised the performance of referee Andrew Dallas claiming he was not ‘ready to referee top flight football’ games after officiating the 1-1 draw with Dundee at Dens Park.

“What I will say is that I don’t think the referee is ready for the top-flight,” Hughes said. “He might be one day but not on this evidence.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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